Healthy Bites


For the first time ever I went with my friend to Trader Joes and Whole Foods in Annapolis…here are my thoughts on both…

We first hit up Trader Joes which I loved. I have been told time and again that Trader Joes is super expensive and they will not have everything you want so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let me start by saying at the end of my trip I spent no more money then I spend in a normal week and they had everything I wanted. I don’t think people realize that when you are buying little to no junk, you can spend a little more on your fruits and veggies and it will all even out! My favorite find of the day was their brand of non-fat greek yogurt. I bought a month’s worth as it is next to impossible to find it in stock AND it was two dollars cheaper for the two cup tub. How can you go wrong with that?

Next up was Whole Foods which I wasn’t quite as impressed with. First off, it was massively crowded and the check out lines were completely ridiculous. I am not quite sure what it was, but I felt there was nothing there(besides maybe their brand shampoo) that I couldn’t pick up at Willey’s Market and my local Acme/Safeway.

Driving to Annapolis just to go grocery shopping was a little much for me as I was gone for eight hours and spent four of it in the car(my back was not pleased with me). I can see hitting up the Trader Joes in Wilmington once a month as it is only 35-40 minutes away and there is a Panera Bread next door. My old favorite next to the new favorite…who needs Whole Foods anyway?

**here is a post I brought over from my old blog**

I know you are all holding your breath waiting for me to find a bread that I like and this is certainly it. Here is a quick description from their website…

“Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products are:

Flourless,
Organic,
Complete Protein,
and Sprouted Whole Grain

We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.”

Sounds gross, right? I toasted it, threw on some organic peanut butter and in seconds it became my new favorite snack. I bought the plain organic sprouted bread but its still in the freezer…I may have to defrost it tonight to see if I like that also!

Update: I have since tried the plain bread and pitas…both were gross.

It is really hard to eat healthy while eating out, especially when you live where I do. If we were in a city I am sure we could find tons of healthy places to eat, but in good old slower lower that is very hard to come buy.

The restaurants I have mastered so far in my town are La Tonalteca, Buffalo Wild Wings, Salad Works, and Applebees/TGI Fridays where it is easy enough to get a fish, veggie, brown rice meal. Appetizers have pretty much gone out the window which is fine since we rarely eat our meal afterwards, so I supposed that’s a good thing! As long as I know where I am going before and I can either research it online or know that I can get a simple chicken and veggie meal I am all good but that’s not always the case.

Let’s take tonight’s choice though, we are meeting a group of our friends at Hibachi. As the name implies it is a Japanese steak house where the cook the food in front of you. While there food is very good it is drenched in oils, fat, and teriayki sauce. The vat of white rice they give you with your meal doesn’t help matters either. It’s hard to stay on track, or even close to the track when there are no healthy options! I think my new motto of moderation may come in to play here so I can enjoy myself while I am out and not worry about what I am eating.

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Now that I am sure that we are no longer going to try IVF again later this year the question is what do we do with the diet? It clearly has had a positive effect on my health but I need to find a balance that I can live with so I am not constantly saying things like “I would kill for x,y,z right now”. Chris and I had a long talk about moderation and balance this weekend…which brings me to the dirty dozen and clean 15…

The dirty dozen are the 12 fruits and vegetables that are “worth it” to buy organic. Even after washing and peeling, these fruits and veggies have a high pesticide residue content according to the USDA. They do cost a bit more, but I can’t bring myself to buy these conventionally in the grocery store anymore. In my head I think would you like some fruit with your side of pesticides?

The clean 15 are those fruits and veggies that are safe to buy conventionally. No use in wasting money on organics when these products generally do not have pesticide residue on them…or have thick skins that you don’t eat.

I have not had too much of an issue using this a guide to buy my fruits and veggies. Since not much is in season here I have been buying frozen, organic fruit to use in my greek yogurt and ice cream. We have replaced our daily apple with oranges and fair trade bananas as I can’t justify paying 6 bucks for 4 organic apples. The only thing I can’t find is organic bell peppers, I am sure I will come across them soon enough. I am looking forward to shopping in the warmer months when the organic farms closer to Rehoboth open up and start selling their produce…my fridge is going to be loaded!

Chris and I don’t eat out often and I realize when we do I won’t be eating the healthiest things ever…but what can you do? Moderation…

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